Dr Anna Claydon will be visiting Canterbury to discuss Music and Disability in Film.

Canterbury Christ Church University
School of Media Art and Design
Research Seminars 2016-2017

11 January 2017

The Creative Other: Music and Disability in Film
Speaker: Dr Anna Claydon (University of Leicester)

In this paper, Anna Claydon (from the School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester) will examine how creativity is used to give voice and build agency for characters with disabilities in music films. Drawing on case studies of Sex ‘n’ Drugs ‘n’ Rock ‘n’ Roll (Whitecross, 2010) and Ray (Hackford, 2004) she will investigate the representational tropes and politicisation of the performer with disabilities through music within the context of considering the narrative functions of the characters as outsiders and the traditions of representing disability in film more broadly.

Dr Anna Claydon has taught at the University of Leicester since 2006 and teaches the last remaining music modules in the University as well as leading the film provision in the School. She is College PGT Manager and Director of IDeoGRAMS (the Interdepartmental Group for Research into Art, Media and Society). Her PhD (University of Kent) was on masculinity in 1960s British films but in addition to currently working on film music/music in film and disability she is working on the representation of artificial humans (with geneticist Chris Willmott) and digital devotionals (with Media colleague Jo Whitehouse-Hart) and editing a special edition of The Soundtrack on transmedia musics.

Powell Building – Pf06
North Holmes Road Campus
Email Dr Andrew Butler – Andrew.Butler@canterbury.ac.uk – for further details

— All welcome —
Feel free to bring your lunch!